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[[quoteright:400:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/theguildani.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:400:From left to right: Bladezz, Vork, Zaboo, Codex, Clara and Tinkerballa.]] ''TheGuild'' is an online VlogSeries-style sitcom created by FeliciaDay of [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] fame (and credited by JossWhedon as an inspiration) after a two year addiction to WorldOfWarcraft. Each 3-8 minute episode centers on "The Knights of Good", an online guild in an unnamed MMORPG [[{{BrandX}} similar to]] WOW. Recognitions include winning the 2007 Youtube Video Award and the 2008 Yahoo Video award. You can keep up with the series at its official website, [[http://www.watchtheguild.com/ watchtheguild.com.]] A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU music video]] called "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar" was released to promote the third season. This song is the TropeNamer for DateMyAvatar. The episodes come out on Tuesdays on watchtheguild.com, Xbox Live, Zune, and MSN video. [[ToughActToFollow Without trying to top it]], they went {{Bollywood}} to promote the fourth season, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMrN3Rh55uM here]]. It took the top #3 spot in the US iTunes chart and the #1 in the UK on the day of its release. For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released "[[ProudToBeAGeek I'm the one that's cool"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp here]]. Currently spinning off into a DarkHorseComics series. ---- !!Tropes include: * AbhorrentAdmirer: Zaboo, but it has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with his lack of emotional maturity and over-the-top stalkery behavior. Although, as of the end of Season 4, he' beginning to look less abhorrent... * AbusivelySexyBitch: Zaboo's girlfriend in the third season. * AbusiveParents: Clara, of the neglectful variety; Zaboo's mother of the psychological variety. * AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Wiggly takes down Kwan with spells so unoptimal he hadn't thought to defend against them. Lampshaded when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Wiggly says "Sheer idiocy is my gaming specialty".]]]] * ActorAllusion: In 3.5 ''Application'd'', Zaboo can be seen wearing a [[http://www.effinfunny.com/legend-store?id=1 ''Legend of Neil'' shirt]]. ''TheLegendOfNeil'' is another web series, created by Zaboo's actor, Sandeep Parikh. There are at least two [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] references: Riley calling Zaboo "Bad Horse," and Codex putting up her fists while referring to "hammers." Also, Codex owns a frozen yogurt maker; in the musical, froyo was an important symbol for Penny and Billy's relationship. * ADarkerMe: Online, Bladezz is an obnoxious {{troll}} who likes to make perverted comments and act like he's cool and edgy. In person, he lives with his parents, can't drive, and gets beat up by his little sister. Though, in a departure from the stereotype you'd expect, he's young and attractive (in a pretty, Hanson-esque way), so much that his mother made him do some embarrassing modeling photos to pay for college. Also Valkyrie, an Axis member, who tries to act uber tough in an online chat with the Knights of Good only to be interrupted by his boss. Valkyrie tries to defuse his boss's suspicions he was internet surfing, which quickly degenerates into a conversation about how a client's damask came back coral instead of lavender as she'd requested. ** To be fair, Bladezz isn't the stereotypical 30 year old living in his parents basement gamer, he lives with his parents because he's in high school and is under-aged. * AlliterativeName: Vork's real name, Herman Holden. Also, Wade Wei. * AllGirlsWantBadBoys - Averted/Subverted. Season four is all about Codex trying to deal with her [[spoiler:one night stand with Fawkes. Despite her misgivings about Fawkes Codex decides to pursue a relationship with him to save face from the Guild thinking she's a slut. Since Fawkes isn't interested in actually dating her, he goes along with pretending to date her for the fun and chaos. But when he realizes he realizes he really does like Codex she rejects him for treating her poorly, and Codex discovers she has a crush on DoggedNiceGuy Zaboo]] * AlmostKiss: [[spoiler:The second season premiere.]] ** "Zero... latency..." ** Also appears in one of the gag reels, [[LesYay between Codex and Riley]]. ** Also; non-canonically, a [[spoiler:second]] one between Zaboo and Codex in the 'Game On' music video. It was even lampshaded in the lyrics. * [[NietzscheWannabe Anarchist Wannabe]]: The Axis of Anarchy seem to be like this. However, their acts of "anarchy" generally amount to little more than petty pranks, and in real life those whose jobs have been identified are a police officer, a substitute teacher and an interior decorator. Their leader Fawkes also repeatedly quotes various philosophers in a context which suggests that he doesn't understand what their actual philosophies were. ** Strongest example of this is quoting Nietzsche, who was actually quite negative towards the concept of anarchy. * AngryBlackMan: Bruiser * AntiPoopsocking: Vork is known to pee in jars as not to leave his seat. * AscendedMeme: the ''Game On!'' music video features Vork flipping his coat off and on like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA1NoOOoaNw "Kaaluri Vaanil"]], accompanied by [[{{Mondegreen}} "buffalaxed" Hindi lyrics]]. * BlandNameProduct: Parodied. The MMO they all play is called "The Game". The signs at the convention even call it The Game. * BedmateReveal: The Season 3 finale: Codex and...[[spoiler:Fawkes?!]] * BareYourMidriff: Both Codex and Tinkerballa in character and Felicia and Amy in "Game On". * BeneathTheMask: Zaboo's [[{{Halo}} Master Chiefs]] are revealed at the end to be [[SamusIsAGirl really hot chicks]]. * BerserkButton: Don't ever presume that you're Fawkes' equal. Bruiser seems to share this: when Bladezz claims to be his equal, he responds "Your dick could fit in my ''ear canal''!" And back in Episode 10, Codex decides that the Guild should take on Zaboo's mom on the grounds that "she called me homely." ** And don't ever call Tink a Taint behind her back. Calling her a Taint to her face seems to be okay though. ** Vork also has a few, including not tampering with his network connection ("BLAAAADDEEEEZZZ!!") and not reconfiguring his hotkeys. * BigNo: Zaboo at the end of Wit's End, Clara at the end of the Season 2 pilot. * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Clara, Tink and Codex. * BodyguardBabes: [[spoiler: It is revealed at the end of season 5 that Zaboo's twin [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] thugs were actually women.]] * BrainBleach: Tink, when Bladezz jokingly suggests he's going to release a sex tape. * BreakTheHaughty: What happens to Tinkerballa at the end of Season 2, and to Bladezz in Season 3 courtesy of the Axis of Anarchy. * CallBack - In season 2, Codex threatens to hang herself with an Ethernet cord to stop her therapist from hanging up on her. Zaboo actually attempted this method in season 1. * TheCameo: dozens in Season 5 * TheCastShowoff - Felicia's fond of writing actor's talents into the script. Bladezz is a talented card dealer because actor Vincent knows sleight of hand card tricks, Codex plays the violin as does Felicia Day, Tink plays basketball, and Amy Okuda shows off her dancing skills in the music videos. Also stuntman Wade Wei was played by an actual stuntman who did his own stuntwork. * CharacterBlog: Codex's video blog serves as a framing device for each episode. Additionally, [[http://twitter.com/Vork Vork has a Twitter]]. It's [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]]. * CharacterDevelopment: Zaboo's determination to "level up" as a person has actually resulted in some of this. ** Other characters including Codex, Fawkes and even Zaboo's mother go through lesser degrees of development over the series. * {{Cliffhanger}}: The end of season 3. Did '''not''' see that one coming. * ClusterFBomb: The Axis seems real fond of this, especially Bruiser and Fawkes. ** As is Jeff Lewis, the actor who plays Vork. He seems to cuss in every other outtake in the gag reels. * CodeName: All the characters seem to prefer their online aliases, at least with each other. Tinkerballa [[NoNameGiven doesn't even give her real name when asked.]] It takes until Season 5 for her name to be revealed, it's [[spoiler: April Lu]] * ContinuityNod: A minor one, but the picture of Codex Zaboo photoshopped in Series 1 decorates his laptop in subsequent series and in the ''Game On'' music video. * CringeComedy: Most of the funnies come from the incredibly rude, inappropriate, or shocking things that the guildies say. * CurseCutShort: Ending of season one. * DateMyAvatar: The song "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" is the TropeNamer. * DeadpanSnarker: Vork becomes this when paired up with Zaboo. * DeathbringerTheAdorable: Bruiser is a giant musclebound AngryBlackMan. In the game, he's the Axis of Anarchy's healer. * [[DefeatMeansFriendship Defeat Means Drinks]]: After his defeat, [[spoiler: Fawkes]] tells Codex "You. Me. Drinks. 8 pm. Renata's. I'll see you there." * DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Vork falls into this on occasions. Zaboo does as well in Season 4, Episode 10: -->'''Zaboo''': Welcome to the Festival Under the Sea Festival! * DisproportionateRetribution: Vork rigidly follows guild rules to give an orb that changes the avatar's hair color to Tink over Clara. Clara in turn begins a reign of destruction which nearly destroys the guild. ** Season 3 revolves around this happening to Bladezz. Over a feud that began ''from a video game'', the Axis of Anarchy [[spoiler:digs up his OldShame as a model, plants weapons in his locker at school, and [[IBangedYourMom has someone sleep with his mom]]. It was bad enough that it reached the point where he was going to run away from home]]. * {{Dojikko}}: Codex * DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Season 2 finale]]. * DracoInLeatherPants: Wade "Stunt guy" "Guns" Wei happens to be both an in-universe and out-of-universe example. In-universe, despite being a self-obessed jerk, he manages to come off looking awesome to the Guildies because he's also a real-life BadAss. After beating the crap out of Zaboo and publicly humiliating Codex (Zaboo's love interest), all Zaboo can say is "he's nice" because the guy ''did motion capture for his favorite game'', and was an extra in a B-movie he loved. Then Clara, Codex's friend, ''makes out'' with Wade! Out-of-universe, his "leather pants" status has caused a few fans to think he should end up with Codex, despite how nonchalantly he comments that "she's not worth it" with a wink and a smile. And, in the spirit of equal opportunity, Riley. Her relationship with Zaboo is at best disturbing, and at worst downright twisted; she's violent, manipulative, and scarily controlling - all three neatly illustrated by her knocking Zaboo out, gagging him with tape, and chaining him up in the wardrobe because he forgot to make her breakfast. On the other hand, she's hot. Tall! I meant Tall! * DramaticWind: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Codex at the end of episode 7 of season 4 after [[spoiler:Fawkes kisses her.]] -->Is there a breeze in here? * DysfunctionJunction * MrFanservice: Bladezz and Zaboo in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". Also, Wade, period. * EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: A homeless person tries Vork's "found object stew" and rejects it in disgust. * {{Expy}}: The in-show sci-fi series ''[[Series/DoctorWho Time Rings]]'', with the main character known only as "the Professor", featuring former co-star Madeline as "Charity", herself a loose {{Expy}} of ''(and dead ringer for)'' [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane Smith]]. * ExtremeOmnivore: Vork: Found Object Stew. That is all. ** Also, the "breakfast" he finds in season 5, made up of the discards of other people at the hotel *** And yet he won't eat tofu. * FaceHeelTurn: Tink, in season three. * FailedAttemptAtDrama: Zaboo's exit in 3.9 "Wit's End". * FakeOutMakeOut: Tink asks a drunk Codex to pretend to kiss her to obscure her face from [[spoiler: her sisters]] at the Con. -->'''Tink:''' I said 'pretend to kiss me' you perv! * FiveBadBand: In season three, the Knights of Good meet a [[TheRival rival]] guild, the Axis of Anarchy, composed of what seems to be a Five Bad ''[[FiveTokenBand Token]]'' Band. ** BigBad: Fawkes ** TheDragon: Venom ** TheEvilGenius: Kwan ** TheBrute: Bruiser ** TheDarkChick: Valkyrie ** SixthRanger: Tinkerballa (who [[HeelFaceTurn turns]] into a SixthRangerTraitor at the end) * FoeYay: At first it seems that Riley is just hostile toward Codex...then in ''Noobtastic'' [[spoiler: she rather blatantly makes a pass at her ("your skin is so soft" ** brushes hair away from neck as she massages her shoulders** ), and apparently has misplaced anger about Codex "rejecting" her, when it should "go the other way around"]]. DidntSeeThatComing. And then in ''Coping and Stuff'', [[spoiler: Zaboo tells Codex that Riley ''wants to have a three-way with her and Zaboo.'']] If that isn't FoeYay, who knows what is. There is also some very unwilling Foe Yay with Zaboo and Vork when they first start living together. Zaboo spends a lot of his time showing off his body and exercising, trying to get Vork to play "manly" sports with him (like wrestling) and changes around Vork's keyboard settings to what he thought were better ones. Vork's interactions with Zaboo are the only times he acts halfway normal (i.e. he gets really annoyed with him). And then there is the fact that Zaboo tried to get in the shower with Vork... Then In episode 8 of season 3, [[spoiler:Codex gets into a private chat with the Axis of Anarchy leader to try to convince them to cease [[KickTheDog tormenting Bladezz]]. Fawkes insinuates that she wanted a private chat for a different reason and is in denial about her attraction to him.]] * ForeignQueasine: Tink's adoptive parents keep trying to give her tastes of her own culture by making disgusting fusion food. Teriyaki candy canes, anyone? * FreudianExcuse: Zaboo. Oh Shiva! Zaboo! * FriendsWithBenefits: Riley and Wade. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: Where to begin? ** During the drama between Tink and Bladezz, Vork can be seen in the background stealing everything on the snack table including an entire sheetcake. ** In "Newbtastic", when the Guild members are gaming, behind Zaboo you can see Riley, in the distance, doing pull-ups. ** In "The Return", Zaboo's game "Sir Loopalot" makes noises corresponding to the dialogue. ** The cleaning lady walking in during Codex' vlog post. --->My vagina was practically in my hand! ({{Beat}}) Can we have some more towels, please? * {{Geek}}: Pretty much the entire cast. * GamerChick - Riley fits this trope best but also Tink, Clara, Codex and Venom. * {{GIRL}}: Valkyrie is an example with quite a bit of [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] and some CampGay aspects. ** Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in the Dark Horse Comic. Thirteen percent'd! * GeekyTurnOn: Only a true geek could that excited about a ''T1 line''. * GirlOnGirlIsHot: Bladezz reaction to Codex and Tink's FakeOutMakeOut. ** Also Zaboo's reaction to [[spoiler: Riley and Venom]] in the season 3 finale. "Subscribed!" * GoodCopBadCop: Season 3 episode 9, [[spoiler: Codex and Zaboo's interrogation of Valkyrie takes on this aspect when Zaboo starts venting some of his repressed anger and Codex admits that he's starting to scare her.]] * GreekChorus: Sir Loopalot * HairTriggerTemper: Tink. * HeroicBSOD: Bearing down fast in Season 3 Episode 11, and described in the CaptainsLog of Season 3 Episode 12. * HollywoodNerd: Averted. A lot of the main cast is attractive, but they have serious psychological problems that, while exaggerated and PlayedForLaughs, have some basis in reality. It's not hard to see how Codex can't get a date despite looking like she does because of her ExtremeDoormat tendencies and massive insecurity. The utter lack of a BeautifulAllAlong reveal is notable as well. * HowManyAllOfThem: Vork claims to speak every language. * IBangedYourMom: This trope is repeated verbatim when Resident ScaryBlackMan Cop of the Axis of Anarchy bangs Bladezz's Mom as part of the attacks on the guild. ** Played with, as it turns out he actually liked her, and is dating her at the start of Season 4. * ICallHimMisterHappy: Mr. Wiggly. "They won't know that's my name for it... unless I hold open the mic like that." Actually referenced as early as season 1 in an outtake: Zaboo mentions his penis's name, and Clara mentions that her husband's has a name as well. * ICanChangeMyBeloved: In season 1, Zaboo tries to pull this on Codex. (When it doesn't work out he instead tries to change himself, but that's a different story.) * IdiosyncraticWipes: Season 3 episode 7 has a Batman homage using the head of [[http://finnsmulders.com/ "Finn Smulders"]]. * IncrediblyLamePun: -->'''Zaboo''': "Do you like my helm? It's +5 sexterity... [[{{Beat}} [pause]]] [[DontExplainTheJoke It's like "dexterity". But with sex.]] [[OverlyLongGag In the front. Like a prefix.]] [[BlatantLies I'm a]] [[StealthPun cunning linguist.]] * InformedAbility: Sort of played with. The game they all play is the driving force of the series, and has complete control over everyone's life. But we never actually SEE the game, [[spoiler:at least, not before the climax of Series 4,]] only their reactions. * InnocentCohabitation: Zaboo set himself up at Codex's place. Of course, he didn't intend for the innocent part, but Codex insists. * InterrogationByVandalism: Zaboo and Codex interrogate one of the Axis of Anarchy by holding him down and gradually deleting his RainbowPimpGear. * IronicEcho: Between Codex and Fawkes. "I make good brownies?" * {{Jerkass}}: Tinkerballa. Also Bladezz, though with him it could be considered more of a JerkassFacade to cover up his insecurities. Then there's the entire Axis of Anarchy, but Fawkes especially. * JerkassFacade: Season 4 leaves it open that Fawkes might be this. * JustFriends: Codex claims that her relationship with Zaboo is of this nature. ** In season 4, Zaboo tries to act accordingly. Since this ''is'' Zaboo, he takes it ''way'' too far. *** By the end of season 4, Zaboo appears to have grown ''slightly'' more natural about this. Perhaps coincidentally, [[spoiler:Codex is terrified to find she finds him actually attractive now]]. *** In season 5, [[spoiler: Codex tries to confess to him, only for him to play the JustFriends card]] * KickTheDog: The Axis' campaign of terror on Bladezz, who after all is just a high school kid. Made worse by the fact that Venom is a teacher and Bruiser is a cop, people who are supposed to stop this sort of thing. * LadykillerInLove: Fawkes's feelings for Codex. * {{Leet Lingo}}: Constantly. * LittleKidLover: Vork was pretty much asking for this when he stopped by an elementary school in his van. Later, when Vork says that if the Knights of Good lose and are disbanded he'll go back to playing Chinese Checkers with the neighborhood kids, Codex shoots him a [=WTF=] look * LizLemonJob: Codex in Season 3, rather unsuccessfully. * LoanShark: Vork becomes one in Season 4. * MakeOutKids: Zaboo and Riley at the beginning of Season 3. * ManHug: Averted in the season three finale [[spoiler:when Bladezz and Bruiser make up.]] -->'''Bruiser:''' "In your fucking dreams." * ManInAKilt: Fawkes. -->'''Clara:''' Um, who says you're number one? And be honest, are you naked under there? -->'''Fawkes:''' Server stats. Axis of Anarchy rules. And yes, I am. * MasochismTango: Riley and Zaboo * MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Due to the quick cuts at the end of Season 1, Episode 7, it's easy to miss [[spoiler:Zaboo tying a noose out of an Ethernet cable]] behind Codex. * MemeticMutation: InUniverse, Bladezz tries to exploit his popularity as an internet meme. * {{Metaphorgotten}}: Codex isn't quite [[TheOffice Michael Scott]], but she sure manages to pull a good number of these... * MissingMom: Clara manages this despite still being (technically) a member of her family and a 'stay at home mom'. * MommasBoy: Zaboo. However, the tenth episode involves him and the Guild [[spoiler:forcing his mother out of his life.]] Mostly. * MostGamersAreMale: Subverted by the fact that guild is evenly split between men and women. FeliciaDay has said she did this on purpose to prove a point that there are more girl gamers out there than guys think there are. * MovingTheGoalposts: From Vork's point of view, anyway--Codex tells Vork he can help himself to anything in her kitchen, but then decides that doesn't include her frozen yogurt maker. * MsFanservice: Codex and Tinkerballa in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". ** Codex all the time. Due to her being played by FeliciaDay * MyBelovedSmother: Zaboo's mom. * NationalStereotypes: Mocked with Kwan, a Korean professional gamer with a gigantic ''{{Starcraft}}'' poster on his wall. * NextThingTheyKnew: The season 3 finale. * NoodleIncident: Vork doesn't think of himself as a bad man... well, there was that night he spent at a Hitler Youth Camp by accident... * NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; early in Season 2 Zaboo chalks up Codex's annoyance with him to the fact that she must be ovulating. Then he whips out a miniature calender to prove it. Which, of course, only increases Codex's annoyance. -->'''Codex:''' You ''laminated'' my cycle? -->'''Zaboo(innocently):''' Kinko'ed. * NotSoDifferent: Tink to Codex about flirting with guys to get what you want from them. * {{Omniglot}}: Vork is surprisingly able to speak Korean and Hindi. When Zaboo asks how many languages he speaks, he replies "All of them". (Though season 3 shows that he can apparently only speak Spanish haltingly and with the aid of a phrasebook.) * ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler: Zaboo]] in Season 5. * OneOfUs: FeliciaDay definitely knows what she's writing about. Even people who don't play games but spend a lot of time online will recognize the character types. ** And do we even need to talk about WilWheaton and his massive geekitude? * OnlineAlias: ''Everyone''. * OnlySaneMan: Codex or Bladezz, depending on the situation. ** Also, Vork is the only one who stands up to Cheesybeard's cheese gouging. * PetTheDog: Bladezz is prone to this, he had a BigDamnHeroes moment in season 1 and seemed to be genuinely trying to bond with the guys in season 2. ** Tink seems to have a tiny, tiny soft spot for Codex, such as when she defends her from Zaboo's mom with "Lay off our healer, she's [[SquishyWizard squishy]]". She also tried to help Codex land a man in season 2, and even though she claimed it was for her own amusement, she did cancel a date and put a lot of effort into it. Also, her HeelFaceTurn at the end of Season 3. * PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Vork to Codex, PlayedForLaughs since she's actually "decent" at the time. * {{Postmodernism}} - the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU Do you wanna date my avatar]] * PortmanteauCoupleName: Zaboo [[InUniverse makes one for Codex and Fawkes]]: [[invoked]] -->"I'm in support. Put me on team Codex/Fawkes. Team [[AccidentalInnuendo Cawkes!]] I'm thinking about making T-shirts." * PowerWalk: Parodied in the Season 2 episode "Socializing Sucks." Likewise in Season 3, episode 10. * ProductPlacement: Season 4, Bing Video. * [[spoiler: [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: In-universe example with Codex, judging from the last scene of the season 5 finale.]] * PsychoRangers: The Axis of Anarchy. * PunchClockVillain: While most of the Axis of Anarchy happily take their villainous personas outside the game with them as they torture the Knights of Good, a few of them are implied to be not so bad outside their feud. Valkyrie in particular seems harmless, and the ScaryBlackMan "Bruiser"'s demeanor ''completely'' changes into a soft-spoken nice guy as soon as the conflict is resolved. * RapeAsComedy: Riley on Zaboo, though it's more of a case of dubious consent. He's clearly not into her kinks, but he allows her to do it anyway. [[TropesAreNotBad It actually works.]] * RapeIsOKWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Despite the above trope, this one's averted - like Zaboo stalking Codex, Riley's behaviour is played for laughs but still portrayed as wrong. * {{Revenge}}: Clara's campaign to kill Vork while playing another character, [[spoiler: Bladezz deleting Tink's.]] * RefugeInAudacity: Riley knocks out Zaboo and ties him up in the closet for not making her breakfast. However, she tied him up using twisty ties and a ''pink feather boa''. * RightInFrontOfMe Though technically he was [[RightBehindMe right behind her]] Codex's conversation counts as this when while she is playing a demo of a new expansion for The Game Codex complains to a staffer who tries to talk to her complaining about how the the new mechanics have Nerfed her player class and how all the new things in the update suck. Turns out that's the creator and he is so upset by this that [[spoiler: he decides to sell the rights to another company.]] * TheRival: How Codex seems to view Riley, although Riley mostly just ignores her...or so she seems to until "Newbtastic". * RunningGag: Vork knocking over trash cans whenever he starts driving in Season 3. ** Culminating with his arrival at the convention, and the attendant destruction. * SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The Master Chiefs.]] * SeriousBusiness: How all the characters, ''especially'' Vork, treat the guild. --> '''Vork''': I have my policies. Thirty seconds! I mean this is...you know...this is...serious...guys. * SexSells: Tink dresses as [[StarWars Slave Leia]] and {{Sailor Moon}} to sell her T-Shirts. ** Plus Tink and Clara's earlier attempts to raise guildhall money via special "chat sessions". * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Genderflipp'd with Codex and Zaboo. * ShipTease: "Game On" is a ''big'' one for the Codex/Zaboo ship. ** Followed by [[spoiler:ShipSinking]] in season 5 * ShoutOut: In season three, episode four: -->'''Codex''': Without the two [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog hammers (holds up her fists)]] of the guild, Tink and Vork there... (Looking at her hands) What are these? ** Also: -->'''Riley''': You left the stable? Bad Horse! ** Season three, episode seven: Zaboo says he's friends on MyFace with Bladezz's sister. Castle's mother calls a social networking site MyFace in Castle. (Whether this is intentional and if so, which is shouting out to which is hard to tell.) ** In season four episode eight: -->'''Codex''': [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog I just looked at my wrist, and I'm not wearing a watch.]] So dumb. ** In season 3 episode 10, ReservoirDogs, with the music, slow-mo walking and spitting. ** In Season 5, Ep 7, Zaboo says he is off to attend a panel called "''{{Fable}}'': Tickle your way to the Monarchy." * ShowerOfAngst: Vork soon after discovering Clara's betrayal. So soon that he doesn't even have time to go to his own shower. Or take off his suit. * SixStudentClique: Gender variant ** The Head: Codex ** The Muscle: Bladezz ** The Quirk: Zaboo ** The Pretty One: Tink ** The Smart One: Vork ** The Wild One: Clara *** Or Vork as The Head and Codex as The Smart One, if you prefer. * SpinoffBabies: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1AyyA9XJ0E&playnext_from=TL&videos=HunH8DAmJp4&feature=sub See for yourself.]] * StalkerWithACrush: ''[[ExaggeratedTrope Zaboo, Zaboo, Zaboo]]''. He tracked down where Codex lived, Photoshopped himself with her DMV photo, and found her house's floor plan, among ''many'' other things. ** "You laminated my cycle?!" ** He eventually tones it down to DoggedNiceGuy, then eventually to JustFriends. [[spoiler: then Codex discovers she likes him...]] * StillTheLeader: Vork, after abdicating his leadership. * SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Stay-at-home mom Clara generally ignores her children, didn't even notice when her babysitter quit, and at one point hands them off to Tinkerballa who ''locks them in a pet carrier''. Nobody apart from Codex seems particularly horrified by any of this. ** Also: "Tomorrow, mommy's going to teach you to use the microwave." And "Oh, um, I guess they've been feeding themselves....I guess?" And...honestly, the stuff she does goes above and [[RefugeInAudacity beyond criminally negligent and into the starkly hilarious]]. * SpitTake: In Season 5, [[spoiler: Bladezz's reaction to Codex and Tink kissing.]] * StealthHiBye: Vork pulls this on Codex in the episode "Blow Out". Not only did he appear after a split second cut away, he was suddenly at Codex's apartment a minute after talking to her from his home across town. * StrawLoser: They ''all'' would be if there was anyone cool to compare them to, but they kind of work this way for each other. Zaboo and Vork are so completely off their rockers it makes the rest of the guild look saner. Tink and Bladezz are so mean it makes the others look nicer. Meanwhile, Codex looks pretty good in comparison, and it's less obvious that Clara is an insane {{Jerkass}}. Also, the Knights of Good work as this somewhat in relation to the Axis of Anarchy. Kwan makes millions by gaming, Bruiser, Venom and Valkyrie all have jobs, and the Axis still has a higher ranking than the Knights, who, with the exception of Tink and Bladezz (who have school), don't have anything else going on in their lives, and play the game full time. * SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: ** Also [[AmbiguouslyGay Valkyrie]] --> '''Codex''': Artemis? You play two girl characters? --> '''Valkyrie''': Yes, is there something wrong with that? I play two girl characters because I like ''girls'', I like ''looking at girls'', I'm a ''girl-loving guy''... ...I like your shoes. * TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When the Knights of Good try to replace Tink. * TheAllegedCar: Vork's campervan. * TheDon: In season 5 Zaboo's seat saving scheme gives him a lot of power at the convention and by episode 7 he is seen stroking a toy cat while [[spoiler:NeilGaiman]] is asking him for a favour. Later he is seen having his goons beat up [[spoiler: Kevin Sorbo]] in order to get front row seats at his panel. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Codex's therapist dumps her. And later, blocks her calls. Considering just how relentlessly Codex resists any attempt to make her face the world and deal with her problems, it's hard to blame her therapist for [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Knowing When To Fold'Em]]. Therapists need to protect their ''own'' sanity too, after all. * ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar", though it's pretty obviously a parody of this type of thing. That doesn't stop it from being really freaking ''hot''. FeliciaDay does a cute, awkward little smile in the very last second of the video that suggests she wasn't quite comfortable with being MsFanservice. * TwoferTokenMinority: Several. -->'''Zaboo''': real name Sujan Goldberg. "I'm a Hinjew." -->'''Bruiser''': Black Latino -->'''Valkyrie''': AmbiguouslyBrown ''and'' AmbiguouslyGay -->'''Venom''': Handicapped, The Axis's only female, and AmbiguouslyGay or at least BiTheWay * {{Understatement}}: Vork about Zaboo's obsession with Codex: -->"I don't know if you're aware of this, but he has a slight...fixation." * UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Zaboo at Valkyrie's workplace. * {{Unperson}} At the end of season 2 [[spoiler: Bladezz deletes Tinks character Tinkerballa, removing permanently from existence her gold, reputation and "two years of [her] life". She even phrases it as "I don't exist anymore"]] * UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Near the end of season 4, [[spoiler:Fawkes, who has spent the entire season telling Codex he doesn't do "dating" approaches Codex for a second chance. She (rightfully) doesn't give him one. Time will tell if this goes anywhere or if its just a bit of IronicJustice.]] ** Given that he shows up in Season 5 [[spoiler: trying to join the Knights of Good]], it is possible the shoe is on the other foot ** May also occur in season 4 with [[spoiler:Zaboo and Codex. Although Zaboo's attempted romance with Riley was a transparent ploy to get over his [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited feelings for Codex]] and his JustFriends gambit was overloaded with sexual tension on his part he seems to have finally (mostly) gotten over by the end of season 4, noting how he doesn't feel good that Codex and Fawkes aren't dating but merely bad for her (though this could be IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy). Afterward, he helps (quixotically) tries to help her gambit to keep her job at Cheesy Beard's, gets Codex a new computer after her season long attempt to fix her old one, and stands up to his mother while simultaneously giving her a chance to turn over a new leaf. All of these raise him ''substantially'' on Codex's newly derived "litmus test" for boyfriends, much to Codex's anxiety and Zaboo's seeming obliviousness.]] ** As of Season 5, this is officially the case between Codex and Zaboo. * [[VerbalTic Verbal Tic'd]] * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome: The end of the season 2 pilot has Clara's children messing up her computer cords ''set to OminousLatinChanting'' in slow-motion, while Zaboo seduces Codex with the EPICALLY-worded promise of ''buying her a faster internet connection.'' * WhatTheHellHero: Unless you count [[spoiler: sleeping with Fawkes]] Codex is the only member of the Knights of Good who ''hasn't'' done something morally reprehensible over the course of the series. ** She was pretty eager to keep Zaboo and stunt guy fighting to give her a sense of self-worth. Zaboo did start it, and it ended up biting her in the ass almost immediately, but it was still pretty iffy considering how badly Zaboo could have gotten hurt. * WillTheyOrWontThey: Codex and Zaboo. ** Fawkes and Codex of all people seem headed in this direction. ** Codex eventually [[spoiler: has her fill of Fawkes, and now is discovering she's got a crush on Zaboo]] * YouNeedToGetLaid: The female guildies spend season 2 trying to help Codex get laid. In season 3 it first appears that Zaboo getting laid might actually have helped him become more sane, at least in his interactions with Codex. Then Riley starts becoming more than he can handle, and he gets crazy and ''angry''. ----
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[[quoteright:400:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/theguildani.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:400:From left to right: Bladezz, Vork, Zaboo, Codex, Clara and Tinkerballa.]] ''TheGuild'' is an online VlogSeries-style sitcom created by FeliciaDay of [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] fame (and credited by JossWhedon as an inspiration) after a two year addiction to WorldOfWarcraft. Each 3-8 minute episode centers on "The Knights of Good", an online guild in an unnamed MMORPG [[{{BrandX}} similar to]] WOW. Recognitions include winning the 2007 Youtube Video Award and the 2008 Yahoo Video award. You can keep up with the series at its official website, [[http://www.watchtheguild.com/ watchtheguild.com.]] A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU music video]] called "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar" was released to promote the third season. This song is the TropeNamer for DateMyAvatar. The episodes come out on Tuesdays on watchtheguild.com, Xbox Live, Zune, and MSN video. [[ToughActToFollow Without trying to top it]], they went {{Bollywood}} to promote the fourth season, as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMrN3Rh55uM here]]. It took the top #3 spot in the US iTunes chart and the #1 in the UK on the day of its release. For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released "[[ProudToBeAGeek I'm the one that's cool"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp here]]. Currently spinning off into a DarkHorseComics series. ---- !!Tropes include: * AbhorrentAdmirer: Zaboo, but it has nothing to do with looks and everything to do with his lack of emotional maturity and over-the-top stalkery behavior. Although, as of the end of Season 4, he' beginning to look less abhorrent... * AbusivelySexyBitch: Zaboo's girlfriend in the third season. * AbusiveParents: Clara, of the neglectful variety; Zaboo's mother of the psychological variety. * AchievementsInIgnorance: [[spoiler: Wiggly takes down Kwan with spells so unoptimal he hadn't thought to defend against them. Lampshaded when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Wiggly says "Sheer idiocy is my gaming specialty".]]]] * ActorAllusion: In 3.5 ''Application'd'', Zaboo can be seen wearing a [[http://www.effinfunny.com/legend-store?id=1 ''Legend of Neil'' shirt]]. ''TheLegendOfNeil'' is another web series, created by Zaboo's actor, Sandeep Parikh. There are at least two [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] references: Riley calling Zaboo "Bad Horse," and Codex putting up her fists while referring to "hammers." Also, Codex owns a frozen yogurt maker; in the musical, froyo was an important symbol for Penny and Billy's relationship. * ADarkerMe: Online, Bladezz is an obnoxious {{troll}} who likes to make perverted comments and act like he's cool and edgy. In person, he lives with his parents, can't drive, and gets beat up by his little sister. Though, in a departure from the stereotype you'd expect, he's young and attractive (in a pretty, Hanson-esque way), so much that his mother made him do some embarrassing modeling photos to pay for college. Also Valkyrie, an Axis member, who tries to act uber tough in an online chat with the Knights of Good only to be interrupted by his boss. Valkyrie tries to defuse his boss's suspicions he was internet surfing, which quickly degenerates into a conversation about how a client's damask came back coral instead of lavender as she'd requested. ** To be fair, Bladezz isn't the stereotypical 30 year old living in his parents basement gamer, he lives with his parents because he's in high school and is under-aged. * AlliterativeName: Vork's real name, Herman Holden. Also, Wade Wei. * AllGirlsWantBadBoys - Averted/Subverted. Season four is all about Codex trying to deal with her [[spoiler:one night stand with Fawkes. Despite her misgivings about Fawkes Codex decides to pursue a relationship with him to save face from the Guild thinking she's a slut. Since Fawkes isn't interested in actually dating her, he goes along with pretending to date her for the fun and chaos. But when he realizes he realizes he really does like Codex she rejects him for treating her poorly, and Codex discovers she has a crush on DoggedNiceGuy Zaboo]] * AlmostKiss: [[spoiler:The second season premiere.]] ** "Zero... latency..." ** Also appears in one of the gag reels, [[LesYay between Codex and Riley]]. ** Also; non-canonically, a [[spoiler:second]] one between Zaboo and Codex in the 'Game On' music video. It was even lampshaded in the lyrics. * [[NietzscheWannabe Anarchist Wannabe]]: The Axis of Anarchy seem to be like this. However, their acts of "anarchy" generally amount to little more than petty pranks, and in real life those whose jobs have been identified are a police officer, a substitute teacher and an interior decorator. Their leader Fawkes also repeatedly quotes various philosophers in a context which suggests that he doesn't understand what their actual philosophies were. ** Strongest example of this is quoting Nietzsche, who was actually quite negative towards the concept of anarchy. * AngryBlackMan: Bruiser * AntiPoopsocking: Vork is known to pee in jars as not to leave his seat. * AscendedMeme: the ''Game On!'' music video features Vork flipping his coat off and on like in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA1NoOOoaNw "Kaaluri Vaanil"]], accompanied by [[{{Mondegreen}} "buffalaxed" Hindi lyrics]]. * BlandNameProduct: Parodied. The MMO they all play is called "The Game". The signs at the convention even call it The Game. * BedmateReveal: The Season 3 finale: Codex and...[[spoiler:Fawkes?!]] * BareYourMidriff: Both Codex and Tinkerballa in character and Felicia and Amy in "Game On". * BeneathTheMask: Zaboo's [[{{Halo}} Master Chiefs]] are revealed at the end to be [[SamusIsAGirl really hot chicks]]. * BerserkButton: Don't ever presume that you're Fawkes' equal. Bruiser seems to share this: when Bladezz claims to be his equal, he responds "Your dick could fit in my ''ear canal''!" And back in Episode 10, Codex decides that the Guild should take on Zaboo's mom on the grounds that "she called me homely." ** And don't ever call Tink a Taint behind her back. Calling her a Taint to her face seems to be okay though. ** Vork also has a few, including not tampering with his network connection ("BLAAAADDEEEEZZZ!!") and not reconfiguring his hotkeys. * BigNo: Zaboo at the end of Wit's End, Clara at the end of the Season 2 pilot. * BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Clara, Tink and Codex. * BodyguardBabes: [[spoiler: It is revealed at the end of season 5 that Zaboo's twin [[{{Halo}} Master Chief]] thugs were actually women.]] * BrainBleach: Tink, when Bladezz jokingly suggests he's going to release a sex tape. * BreakTheHaughty: What happens to Tinkerballa at the end of Season 2, and to Bladezz in Season 3 courtesy of the Axis of Anarchy. * CallBack - In season 2, Codex threatens to hang herself with an Ethernet cord to stop her therapist from hanging up on her. Zaboo actually attempted this method in season 1. * TheCameo: dozens in Season 5 * TheCastShowoff - Felicia's fond of writing actor's talents into the script. Bladezz is a talented card dealer because actor Vincent knows sleight of hand card tricks, Codex plays the violin as does Felicia Day, Tink plays basketball, and Amy Okuda shows off her dancing skills in the music videos. Also stuntman Wade Wei was played by an actual stuntman who did his own stuntwork. * CharacterBlog: Codex's video blog serves as a framing device for each episode. Additionally, [[http://twitter.com/Vork Vork has a Twitter]]. It's [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]]. * CharacterDevelopment: Zaboo's determination to "level up" as a person has actually resulted in some of this. ** Other characters including Codex, Fawkes and even Zaboo's mother go through lesser degrees of development over the series. * {{Cliffhanger}}: The end of season 3. Did '''not''' see that one coming. * ClusterFBomb: The Axis seems real fond of this, especially Bruiser and Fawkes. ** As is Jeff Lewis, the actor who plays Vork. He seems to cuss in every other outtake in the gag reels. * CodeName: All the characters seem to prefer their online aliases, at least with each other. Tinkerballa [[NoNameGiven doesn't even give her real name when asked.]] It takes until Season 5 for her name to be revealed, it's [[spoiler: April Lu]] * ContinuityNod: A minor one, but the picture of Codex Zaboo photoshopped in Series 1 decorates his laptop in subsequent series and in the ''Game On'' music video. * CringeComedy: Most of the funnies come from the incredibly rude, inappropriate, or shocking things that the guildies say. * CurseCutShort: Ending of season one. * DateMyAvatar: The song "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar?" is the TropeNamer. * DeadpanSnarker: Vork becomes this when paired up with Zaboo. * DeathbringerTheAdorable: Bruiser is a giant musclebound AngryBlackMan. In the game, he's the Axis of Anarchy's healer. * [[DefeatMeansFriendship Defeat Means Drinks]]: After his defeat, [[spoiler: Fawkes]] tells Codex "You. Me. Drinks. 8 pm. Renata's. I'll see you there." * DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Vork falls into this on occasions. Zaboo does as well in Season 4, Episode 10: -->'''Zaboo''': Welcome to the Festival Under the Sea Festival! * DisproportionateRetribution: Vork rigidly follows guild rules to give an orb that changes the avatar's hair color to Tink over Clara. Clara in turn begins a reign of destruction which nearly destroys the guild. ** Season 3 revolves around this happening to Bladezz. Over a feud that began ''from a video game'', the Axis of Anarchy [[spoiler:digs up his OldShame as a model, plants weapons in his locker at school, and [[IBangedYourMom has someone sleep with his mom]]. It was bad enough that it reached the point where he was going to run away from home]]. * {{Dojikko}}: Codex * DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Season 2 finale]]. * DracoInLeatherPants: Wade "Stunt guy" "Guns" Wei happens to be both an in-universe and out-of-universe example. In-universe, despite being a self-obessed jerk, he manages to come off looking awesome to the Guildies because he's also a real-life BadAss. After beating the crap out of Zaboo and publicly humiliating Codex (Zaboo's love interest), all Zaboo can say is "he's nice" because the guy ''did motion capture for his favorite game'', and was an extra in a B-movie he loved. Then Clara, Codex's friend, ''makes out'' with Wade! Out-of-universe, his "leather pants" status has caused a few fans to think he should end up with Codex, despite how nonchalantly he comments that "she's not worth it" with a wink and a smile. And, in the spirit of equal opportunity, Riley. Her relationship with Zaboo is at best disturbing, and at worst downright twisted; she's violent, manipulative, and scarily controlling - all three neatly illustrated by her knocking Zaboo out, gagging him with tape, and chaining him up in the wardrobe because he forgot to make her breakfast. On the other hand, she's hot. Tall! I meant Tall! * DramaticWind: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Codex at the end of episode 7 of season 4 after [[spoiler:Fawkes kisses her.]] -->Is there a breeze in here? * DysfunctionJunction * MrFanservice: Bladezz and Zaboo in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". Also, Wade, period. * EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: A homeless person tries Vork's "found object stew" and rejects it in disgust. * {{Expy}}: The in-show sci-fi series ''[[Series/DoctorWho Time Rings]]'', with the main character known only as "the Professor", featuring former co-star Madeline as "Charity", herself a loose {{Expy}} of ''(and dead ringer for)'' [[Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures Sarah Jane Smith]]. * ExtremeOmnivore: Vork: Found Object Stew. That is all. ** Also, the "breakfast" he finds in season 5, made up of the discards of other people at the hotel *** And yet he won't eat tofu. * FaceHeelTurn: Tink, in season three. * FailedAttemptAtDrama: Zaboo's exit in 3.9 "Wit's End". * FakeOutMakeOut: Tink asks a drunk Codex to pretend to kiss her to obscure her face from [[spoiler: her sisters]] at the Con. -->'''Tink:''' I said 'pretend to kiss me' you perv! * FiveBadBand: In season three, the Knights of Good meet a [[TheRival rival]] guild, the Axis of Anarchy, composed of what seems to be a Five Bad ''[[FiveTokenBand Token]]'' Band. ** BigBad: Fawkes ** TheDragon: Venom ** TheEvilGenius: Kwan ** TheBrute: Bruiser ** TheDarkChick: Valkyrie ** SixthRanger: Tinkerballa (who [[HeelFaceTurn turns]] into a SixthRangerTraitor at the end) * FoeYay: At first it seems that Riley is just hostile toward Codex...then in ''Noobtastic'' [[spoiler: she rather blatantly makes a pass at her ("your skin is so soft" ** brushes hair away from neck as she massages her shoulders** ), and apparently has misplaced anger about Codex "rejecting" her, when it should "go the other way around"]]. DidntSeeThatComing. And then in ''Coping and Stuff'', [[spoiler: Zaboo tells Codex that Riley ''wants to have a three-way with her and Zaboo.'']] If that isn't FoeYay, who knows what is. There is also some very unwilling Foe Yay with Zaboo and Vork when they first start living together. Zaboo spends a lot of his time showing off his body and exercising, trying to get Vork to play "manly" sports with him (like wrestling) and changes around Vork's keyboard settings to what he thought were better ones. Vork's interactions with Zaboo are the only times he acts halfway normal (i.e. he gets really annoyed with him). And then there is the fact that Zaboo tried to get in the shower with Vork... Then In episode 8 of season 3, [[spoiler:Codex gets into a private chat with the Axis of Anarchy leader to try to convince them to cease [[KickTheDog tormenting Bladezz]]. Fawkes insinuates that she wanted a private chat for a different reason and is in denial about her attraction to him.]] * ForeignQueasine: Tink's adoptive parents keep trying to give her tastes of her own culture by making disgusting fusion food. Teriyaki candy canes, anyone? * FreudianExcuse: Zaboo. Oh Shiva! Zaboo! * FriendsWithBenefits: Riley and Wade. * FunnyBackgroundEvent: Where to begin? ** During the drama between Tink and Bladezz, Vork can be seen in the background stealing everything on the snack table including an entire sheetcake. ** In "Newbtastic", when the Guild members are gaming, behind Zaboo you can see Riley, in the distance, doing pull-ups. ** In "The Return", Zaboo's game "Sir Loopalot" makes noises corresponding to the dialogue. ** The cleaning lady walking in during Codex' vlog post. --->My vagina was practically in my hand! ({{Beat}}) Can we have some more towels, please? * {{Geek}}: Pretty much the entire cast. * GamerChick - Riley fits this trope best but also Tink, Clara, Codex and Venom. * {{GIRL}}: Valkyrie is an example with quite a bit of [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] and some CampGay aspects. ** Also [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] in the Dark Horse Comic. Thirteen percent'd! * GeekyTurnOn: Only a true geek could that excited about a ''T1 line''. * GirlOnGirlIsHot: Bladezz reaction to Codex and Tink's FakeOutMakeOut. ** Also Zaboo's reaction to [[spoiler: Riley and Venom]] in the season 3 finale. "Subscribed!" * GoodCopBadCop: Season 3 episode 9, [[spoiler: Codex and Zaboo's interrogation of Valkyrie takes on this aspect when Zaboo starts venting some of his repressed anger and Codex admits that he's starting to scare her.]] * GreekChorus: Sir Loopalot * HairTriggerTemper: Tink. * HeroicBSOD: Bearing down fast in Season 3 Episode 11, and described in the CaptainsLog of Season 3 Episode 12. * HollywoodNerd: Averted. A lot of the main cast is attractive, but they have serious psychological problems that, while exaggerated and PlayedForLaughs, have some basis in reality. It's not hard to see how Codex can't get a date despite looking like she does because of her ExtremeDoormat tendencies and massive insecurity. The utter lack of a BeautifulAllAlong reveal is notable as well. * HowManyAllOfThem: Vork claims to speak every language. * IBangedYourMom: This trope is repeated verbatim when Resident ScaryBlackMan Cop of the Axis of Anarchy bangs Bladezz's Mom as part of the attacks on the guild. ** Played with, as it turns out he actually liked her, and is dating her at the start of Season 4. * ICallHimMisterHappy: Mr. Wiggly. "They won't know that's my name for it... unless I hold open the mic like that." Actually referenced as early as season 1 in an outtake: Zaboo mentions his penis's name, and Clara mentions that her husband's has a name as well. * ICanChangeMyBeloved: In season 1, Zaboo tries to pull this on Codex. (When it doesn't work out he instead tries to change himself, but that's a different story.) * IdiosyncraticWipes: Season 3 episode 7 has a Batman homage using the head of [[http://finnsmulders.com/ "Finn Smulders"]]. * IncrediblyLamePun: -->'''Zaboo''': "Do you like my helm? It's +5 sexterity... [[{{Beat}} [pause]]] [[DontExplainTheJoke It's like "dexterity". But with sex.]] [[OverlyLongGag In the front. Like a prefix.]] [[BlatantLies I'm a]] [[StealthPun cunning linguist.]] * InformedAbility: Sort of played with. The game they all play is the driving force of the series, and has complete control over everyone's life. But we never actually SEE the game, [[spoiler:at least, not before the climax of Series 4,]] only their reactions. * InnocentCohabitation: Zaboo set himself up at Codex's place. Of course, he didn't intend for the innocent part, but Codex insists. * InterrogationByVandalism: Zaboo and Codex interrogate one of the Axis of Anarchy by holding him down and gradually deleting his RainbowPimpGear. * IronicEcho: Between Codex and Fawkes. "I make good brownies?" * {{Jerkass}}: Tinkerballa. Also Bladezz, though with him it could be considered more of a JerkassFacade to cover up his insecurities. Then there's the entire Axis of Anarchy, but Fawkes especially. * JerkassFacade: Season 4 leaves it open that Fawkes might be this. * JustFriends: Codex claims that her relationship with Zaboo is of this nature. ** In season 4, Zaboo tries to act accordingly. Since this ''is'' Zaboo, he takes it ''way'' too far. *** By the end of season 4, Zaboo appears to have grown ''slightly'' more natural about this. Perhaps coincidentally, [[spoiler:Codex is terrified to find she finds him actually attractive now]]. *** In season 5, [[spoiler: Codex tries to confess to him, only for him to play the JustFriends card]] * KickTheDog: The Axis' campaign of terror on Bladezz, who after all is just a high school kid. Made worse by the fact that Venom is a teacher and Bruiser is a cop, people who are supposed to stop this sort of thing. * LadykillerInLove: Fawkes's feelings for Codex. * {{Leet Lingo}}: Constantly. * LittleKidLover: Vork was pretty much asking for this when he stopped by an elementary school in his van. Later, when Vork says that if the Knights of Good lose and are disbanded he'll go back to playing Chinese Checkers with the neighborhood kids, Codex shoots him a [=WTF=] look * LizLemonJob: Codex in Season 3, rather unsuccessfully. * LoanShark: Vork becomes one in Season 4. * MakeOutKids: Zaboo and Riley at the beginning of Season 3. * ManHug: Averted in the season three finale [[spoiler:when Bladezz and Bruiser make up.]] -->'''Bruiser:''' "In your fucking dreams." * ManInAKilt: Fawkes. -->'''Clara:''' Um, who says you're number one? And be honest, are you naked under there? -->'''Fawkes:''' Server stats. Axis of Anarchy rules. And yes, I am. * MasochismTango: Riley and Zaboo * MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Due to the quick cuts at the end of Season 1, Episode 7, it's easy to miss [[spoiler:Zaboo tying a noose out of an Ethernet cable]] behind Codex. * MemeticMutation: InUniverse, Bladezz tries to exploit his popularity as an internet meme. * {{Metaphorgotten}}: Codex isn't quite [[TheOffice Michael Scott]], but she sure manages to pull a good number of these... * MissingMom: Clara manages this despite still being (technically) a member of her family and a 'stay at home mom'. * MommasBoy: Zaboo. However, the tenth episode involves him and the Guild [[spoiler:forcing his mother out of his life.]] Mostly. * MostGamersAreMale: Subverted by the fact that guild is evenly split between men and women. FeliciaDay has said she did this on purpose to prove a point that there are more girl gamers out there than guys think there are. * MovingTheGoalposts: From Vork's point of view, anyway--Codex tells Vork he can help himself to anything in her kitchen, but then decides that doesn't include her frozen yogurt maker. * MsFanservice: Codex and Tinkerballa in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". ** Codex all the time. Due to her being played by FeliciaDay * MyBelovedSmother: Zaboo's mom. * NationalStereotypes: Mocked with Kwan, a Korean professional gamer with a gigantic ''{{Starcraft}}'' poster on his wall. * NextThingTheyKnew: The season 3 finale. * NoodleIncident: Vork doesn't think of himself as a bad man... well, there was that night he spent at a Hitler Youth Camp by accident... * NoPeriodsPeriod: Averted; early in Season 2 Zaboo chalks up Codex's annoyance with him to the fact that she must be ovulating. Then he whips out a miniature calender to prove it. Which, of course, only increases Codex's annoyance. -->'''Codex:''' You ''laminated'' my cycle? -->'''Zaboo(innocently):''' Kinko'ed. * NotSoDifferent: Tink to Codex about flirting with guys to get what you want from them. * {{Omniglot}}: Vork is surprisingly able to speak Korean and Hindi. When Zaboo asks how many languages he speaks, he replies "All of them". (Though season 3 shows that he can apparently only speak Spanish haltingly and with the aid of a phrasebook.) * ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler: Zaboo]] in Season 5. * OneOfUs: FeliciaDay definitely knows what she's writing about. Even people who don't play games but spend a lot of time online will recognize the character types. ** And do we even need to talk about WilWheaton and his massive geekitude? * OnlineAlias: ''Everyone''. * OnlySaneMan: Codex or Bladezz, depending on the situation. ** Also, Vork is the only one who stands up to Cheesybeard's cheese gouging. * PetTheDog: Bladezz is prone to this, he had a BigDamnHeroes moment in season 1 and seemed to be genuinely trying to bond with the guys in season 2. ** Tink seems to have a tiny, tiny soft spot for Codex, such as when she defends her from Zaboo's mom with "Lay off our healer, she's [[SquishyWizard squishy]]". She also tried to help Codex land a man in season 2, and even though she claimed it was for her own amusement, she did cancel a date and put a lot of effort into it. Also, her HeelFaceTurn at the end of Season 3. * PleasePutSomeClothesOn: Vork to Codex, PlayedForLaughs since she's actually "decent" at the time. * {{Postmodernism}} - the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urNyg1ftMIU Do you wanna date my avatar]] * PortmanteauCoupleName: Zaboo [[InUniverse makes one for Codex and Fawkes]]: [[invoked]] -->"I'm in support. Put me on team Codex/Fawkes. Team [[AccidentalInnuendo Cawkes!]] I'm thinking about making T-shirts." * PowerWalk: Parodied in the Season 2 episode "Socializing Sucks." Likewise in Season 3, episode 10. * ProductPlacement: Season 4, Bing Video. * [[spoiler: [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: In-universe example with Codex, judging from the last scene of the season 5 finale.]] * PsychoRangers: The Axis of Anarchy. * PunchClockVillain: While most of the Axis of Anarchy happily take their villainous personas outside the game with them as they torture the Knights of Good, a few of them are implied to be not so bad outside their feud. Valkyrie in particular seems harmless, and the ScaryBlackMan "Bruiser"'s demeanor ''completely'' changes into a soft-spoken nice guy as soon as the conflict is resolved. * RapeAsComedy: Riley on Zaboo, though it's more of a case of dubious consent. He's clearly not into her kinks, but he allows her to do it anyway. [[TropesAreNotBad It actually works.]] * RapeIsOKWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: Despite the above trope, this one's averted - like Zaboo stalking Codex, Riley's behaviour is played for laughs but still portrayed as wrong. * {{Revenge}}: Clara's campaign to kill Vork while playing another character, [[spoiler: Bladezz deleting Tink's.]] * RefugeInAudacity: Riley knocks out Zaboo and ties him up in the closet for not making her breakfast. However, she tied him up using twisty ties and a ''pink feather boa''. * RightInFrontOfMe Though technically he was [[RightBehindMe right behind her]] Codex's conversation counts as this when while she is playing a demo of a new expansion for The Game Codex complains to a staffer who tries to talk to her complaining about how the the new mechanics have Nerfed her player class and how all the new things in the update suck. Turns out that's the creator and he is so upset by this that [[spoiler: he decides to sell the rights to another company.]] * TheRival: How Codex seems to view Riley, although Riley mostly just ignores her...or so she seems to until "Newbtastic". * RunningGag: Vork knocking over trash cans whenever he starts driving in Season 3. ** Culminating with his arrival at the convention, and the attendant destruction. * SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler: The Master Chiefs.]] * SeriousBusiness: How all the characters, ''especially'' Vork, treat the guild. --> '''Vork''': I have my policies. Thirty seconds! I mean this is...you know...this is...serious...guys. * SexSells: Tink dresses as [[StarWars Slave Leia]] and {{Sailor Moon}} to sell her T-Shirts. ** Plus Tink and Clara's earlier attempts to raise guildhall money via special "chat sessions". * SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Genderflipp'd with Codex and Zaboo. * ShipTease: "Game On" is a ''big'' one for the Codex/Zaboo ship. ** Followed by [[spoiler:ShipSinking]] in season 5 * ShoutOut: In season three, episode four: -->'''Codex''': Without the two [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog hammers (holds up her fists)]] of the guild, Tink and Vork there... (Looking at her hands) What are these? ** Also: -->'''Riley''': You left the stable? Bad Horse! ** Season three, episode seven: Zaboo says he's friends on MyFace with Bladezz's sister. Castle's mother calls a social networking site MyFace in Castle. (Whether this is intentional and if so, which is shouting out to which is hard to tell.) ** In season four episode eight: -->'''Codex''': [[DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog I just looked at my wrist, and I'm not wearing a watch.]] So dumb. ** In season 3 episode 10, ReservoirDogs, with the music, slow-mo walking and spitting. ** In Season 5, Ep 7, Zaboo says he is off to attend a panel called "''{{Fable}}'': Tickle your way to the Monarchy." * ShowerOfAngst: Vork soon after discovering Clara's betrayal. So soon that he doesn't even have time to go to his own shower. Or take off his suit. * SixStudentClique: Gender variant ** The Head: Codex ** The Muscle: Bladezz ** The Quirk: Zaboo ** The Pretty One: Tink ** The Smart One: Vork ** The Wild One: Clara *** Or Vork as The Head and Codex as The Smart One, if you prefer. * SpinoffBabies: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1AyyA9XJ0E&playnext_from=TL&videos=HunH8DAmJp4&feature=sub See for yourself.]] * StalkerWithACrush: ''[[ExaggeratedTrope Zaboo, Zaboo, Zaboo]]''. He tracked down where Codex lived, Photoshopped himself with her DMV photo, and found her house's floor plan, among ''many'' other things. ** "You laminated my cycle?!" ** He eventually tones it down to DoggedNiceGuy, then eventually to JustFriends. [[spoiler: then Codex discovers she likes him...]] * StillTheLeader: Vork, after abdicating his leadership. * SocialServicesDoesNotExist: Stay-at-home mom Clara generally ignores her children, didn't even notice when her babysitter quit, and at one point hands them off to Tinkerballa who ''locks them in a pet carrier''. Nobody apart from Codex seems particularly horrified by any of this. ** Also: "Tomorrow, mommy's going to teach you to use the microwave." And "Oh, um, I guess they've been feeding themselves....I guess?" And...honestly, the stuff she does goes above and [[RefugeInAudacity beyond criminally negligent and into the starkly hilarious]]. * SpitTake: In Season 5, [[spoiler: Bladezz's reaction to Codex and Tink kissing.]] * StealthHiBye: Vork pulls this on Codex in the episode "Blow Out". Not only did he appear after a split second cut away, he was suddenly at Codex's apartment a minute after talking to her from his home across town. * StrawLoser: They ''all'' would be if there was anyone cool to compare them to, but they kind of work this way for each other. Zaboo and Vork are so completely off their rockers it makes the rest of the guild look saner. Tink and Bladezz are so mean it makes the others look nicer. Meanwhile, Codex looks pretty good in comparison, and it's less obvious that Clara is an insane {{Jerkass}}. Also, the Knights of Good work as this somewhat in relation to the Axis of Anarchy. Kwan makes millions by gaming, Bruiser, Venom and Valkyrie all have jobs, and the Axis still has a higher ranking than the Knights, who, with the exception of Tink and Bladezz (who have school), don't have anything else going on in their lives, and play the game full time. * SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: ** Also [[AmbiguouslyGay Valkyrie]] --> '''Codex''': Artemis? You play two girl characters? --> '''Valkyrie''': Yes, is there something wrong with that? I play two girl characters because I like ''girls'', I like ''looking at girls'', I'm a ''girl-loving guy''... ...I like your shoes. * TerribleIntervieweesMontage: When the Knights of Good try to replace Tink. * TheAllegedCar: Vork's campervan. * TheDon: In season 5 Zaboo's seat saving scheme gives him a lot of power at the convention and by episode 7 he is seen stroking a toy cat while [[spoiler:NeilGaiman]] is asking him for a favour. Later he is seen having his goons beat up [[spoiler: Kevin Sorbo]] in order to get front row seats at his panel. * ThereAreNoTherapists: Codex's therapist dumps her. And later, blocks her calls. Considering just how relentlessly Codex resists any attempt to make her face the world and deal with her problems, it's hard to blame her therapist for [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Knowing When To Fold'Em]]. Therapists need to protect their ''own'' sanity too, after all. * ThreeMinutesOfWrithing: "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar", though it's pretty obviously a parody of this type of thing. That doesn't stop it from being really freaking ''hot''. FeliciaDay does a cute, awkward little smile in the very last second of the video that suggests she wasn't quite comfortable with being MsFanservice. * TwoferTokenMinority: Several. -->'''Zaboo''': real name Sujan Goldberg. "I'm a Hinjew." -->'''Bruiser''': Black Latino -->'''Valkyrie''': AmbiguouslyBrown ''and'' AmbiguouslyGay -->'''Venom''': Handicapped, The Axis's only female, and AmbiguouslyGay or at least BiTheWay * {{Understatement}}: Vork about Zaboo's obsession with Codex: -->"I don't know if you're aware of this, but he has a slight...fixation." * UnnecessaryCombatRoll: Zaboo at Valkyrie's workplace. * {{Unperson}} At the end of season 2 [[spoiler: Bladezz deletes Tinks character Tinkerballa, removing permanently from existence her gold, reputation and "two years of [her] life". She even phrases it as "I don't exist anymore"]] * UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo: Near the end of season 4, [[spoiler:Fawkes, who has spent the entire season telling Codex he doesn't do "dating" approaches Codex for a second chance. She (rightfully) doesn't give him one. Time will tell if this goes anywhere or if its just a bit of IronicJustice.]] ** Given that he shows up in Season 5 [[spoiler: trying to join the Knights of Good]], it is possible the shoe is on the other foot ** May also occur in season 4 with [[spoiler:Zaboo and Codex. Although Zaboo's attempted romance with Riley was a transparent ploy to get over his [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited feelings for Codex]] and his JustFriends gambit was overloaded with sexual tension on his part he seems to have finally (mostly) gotten over by the end of season 4, noting how he doesn't feel good that Codex and Fawkes aren't dating but merely bad for her (though this could be IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy). Afterward, he helps (quixotically) tries to help her gambit to keep her job at Cheesy Beard's, gets Codex a new computer after her season long attempt to fix her old one, and stands up to his mother while simultaneously giving her a chance to turn over a new leaf. All of these raise him ''substantially'' on Codex's newly derived "litmus test" for boyfriends, much to Codex's anxiety and Zaboo's seeming obliviousness.]] ** As of Season 5, this is officially the case between Codex and Zaboo. * [[VerbalTic Verbal Tic'd]] * WhatDoYouMeanItsNotAwesome: The end of the season 2 pilot has Clara's children messing up her computer cords ''set to OminousLatinChanting'' in slow-motion, while Zaboo seduces Codex with the EPICALLY-worded promise of ''buying her a faster internet connection.'' * WhatTheHellHero: Unless you count [[spoiler: sleeping with Fawkes]] Codex is the only member of the Knights of Good who ''hasn't'' done something morally reprehensible over the course of the series. ** She was pretty eager to keep Zaboo and stunt guy fighting to give her a sense of self-worth. Zaboo did start it, and it ended up biting her in the ass almost immediately, but it was still pretty iffy considering how badly Zaboo could have gotten hurt. * WillTheyOrWontThey: Codex and Zaboo. ** Fawkes and Codex of all people seem headed in this direction. ** Codex eventually [[spoiler: has her fill of Fawkes, and now is discovering she's got a crush on Zaboo]] * YouNeedToGetLaid: The female guildies spend season 2 trying to help Codex get laid. In season 3 it first appears that Zaboo getting laid might actually have helped him become more sane, at least in his interactions with Codex. Then Riley starts becoming more than he can handle, and he gets crazy and ''angry''. ----[[re*direct:WebVideo/TheGuild]]
5th Apr '12 8:08:10 AM dangerdan97
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** Culminating with his arrival at the convention, and the attendant destruction.

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** Plus Tink and Clara's earlier attempts to raise guildhall money via special "chat sessions".
2nd Apr '12 8:46:54 AM Ipood
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Added link to Proud to be Geek, feel free to change if anyone see's fit to do so.
For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released I'm the one that's cool, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp]].
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For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released "[[ProudToBeAGeek I'm the one that's cool, cool"]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp]]. com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp here]].
2nd Apr '12 8:42:18 AM Ipood
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For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released I'm the one that's cool, [2]. Just thought to add this, as it was relevant to this portion of the article. Feel free to change to make it suit better.
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For their fifth seasonīs launch on youtube, they released I'm the one that's cool, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q&list=UUaBf1a-dpIsw8OxqH4ki2Kg&feature=plcp]].
1st Apr '12 7:19:12 PM codywalton
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''TheGuild'' is an online VlogSeries-style sitcom created by FeliciaDay of [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] fame (and credited by JossWhedon as an inspiration) after a two year addiction to WorldOfWarcraft. Each 3-8 minute episode centers on "The Knights of Good", an online guild in an unnamed MMORPG [[{{Expy}} similar to]] WOW.
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''TheGuild'' is an online VlogSeries-style sitcom created by FeliciaDay of [[DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Dr. Horrible]] fame (and credited by JossWhedon as an inspiration) after a two year addiction to WorldOfWarcraft. Each 3-8 minute episode centers on "The Knights of Good", an online guild in an unnamed MMORPG [[{{Expy}} [[{{BrandX}} similar to]] WOW.

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20th Feb '12 11:17:51 PM Goldstone
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* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Bladezz and Zaboo in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". Also, Wade, period.
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* EstrogenBrigadeBait: MrFanservice: Bladezz and Zaboo in "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar". Also, Wade, period.
20th Feb '12 8:36:43 AM Desertopa
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* BlandProductName: Parodied. The MMO they all play is called "The Game". The signs at the convention even call it The Game.
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* BlandProductName: BlandNameProduct: Parodied. The MMO they all play is called "The Game". The signs at the convention even call it The Game.
29th Jan '12 9:36:31 PM Foreshadow
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* FetishFuel: ** "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar": The fact that it's a parody doesn't stop it from being... ''interesting''. The mid-syllable pitch switches ("so many places we can go-''oh'') that Codex does during the verse are really, ''really'' HOT. No idea why, they just ''are''. And in Season 3, Riley and Zaboo's relationship has taken an increasingly BDSM turn with Riley as the Dom. Plus Riley and Codex's LesYay. Then Riley and ''Venom's'' LesYay. The entire private chat between Codex and Fawkes counts for some, and later Fawkes going up to Codex in the S3 finale and saying [[spoiler: "I'm spanked. You got me." Rowr, a previously dominant man submitting himself and admitting defeat ... and then later on they end up in bed!]] ** And now we have "Game On" featuring among other things bhangra dancers (male and female), Felicia Day in a [[BareYourMidriff choli]], and Amy Okuda in gold body paint.

* HollywoodHomely: Codex.

* HoYay: Between Vork and Zaboo in the Season 4 outtakes

* LesYay: Riley for Codex. Then, [[spoiler: Riley deliberately invoking this trope to make Zaboo jealous by making out with Venom.]]
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* HollywoodHomely: Codex.
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